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Navy plaques are made from many different materials. Brass, Bronze, Ceramic, Aluminum, Resin, Bakelite, Plastic, etc.

 

This is an example of a Resin plaque from the Radar Picket USS LOWE (DER-325)

 

Another one of my rides!...............


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....and these are some molds used in shipboard machine shops to make the plaques, in this instance from the Submarine Rescue ship USS COUCAL (ASR-8)

 

Thanks for showing this version of the molds used for the dentist plaster type plaques.

I really like USN unit plaques. They make great displays, but, do take up a lot of space and are a challenge to store more than a dozen of them.

I met a navy veteran, Larry Vail, whose job was to make plaques for a couple of ships he served on. He had over a thousand plaques stored away back in 2014 when he and I corresponded. I've got photos of a couple hundred from his plaque collection.

Here's a few from my collection.

 

 

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Book Link: U.S. Navy Tailor-Made Dress Blues, Liberty Cuffs, and Sailor Folk Art

Wanted: USN Liberty Cuffs, vintage bullion rating badges, pre-1914 rating badges and vintage USN Police style Badges.
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SERVRON 5 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

Service Squadron Five controlled all of the Towing, Rescue, Diving assets in NORTHPAC and WESTPAC for the US Third Fleet and US Seventh Fleet during the Vietnam war

 

Both of the ARS's I served on reported to SERVRON 5

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Yes I agree, these plaques do present a large storage problem, but I really do not actively collect these plaques.

 

My problem is that whenever I happen to run across one, I have to buy it!! Hopefully I wont run across too many!!

 

I do have another plaque from CDR. Motley when he was assigned to the Saratoga. This one is hand-made and was probably given to him by his Department Sailors.

 

The clipped wings were also CDR. Motley's.

 

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This just REEKS of a Shipfitter shop hook up LOL.


 

 

 

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Here are three plaques from a grouping of a retired submariner. These are a bit more interesting than some I’ve seen. I have information that he served on the following subs: USS Requin (SS-481), USS Carp (SS-338), USS James Madison (SSBN 627) USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) USS Von Steuben (SSBN 632).
Thanks for looking,
BKW
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USS LOWRY (DD-770) Three War Allen M. Sumner class destroyer in service 1944 to 1973

 

Cold War crewmans' military memorabilia circa 1957/1958 (Zippo date)

 

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3/4" thick aluminum plaque overpainted with acrylic paint circa 1957/1958

 

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